Dark Patterns and Microaggressions in Content Management Systems

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Amid an ongoing, industry-wide reckoning about newsroom inequity, bias and discrimination, the technologies that most directly undergird journalistic work have avoided serious scrutiny.

In this prescient session attendees will work together to outline the ways their content management systems may be reinforcing dominant hierarchies and microaggressions and envision practicable solutions to move toward equity.

This session is designed for:

  • Journalists and technologists already thinking about inequities in technological systems
  • Newsroom leaders working on bias and discrimination across newsroom areas
  • Everyone who would like a better understanding of the ways dark patterns entrench and replicate


Margaret Schneider
Director of Editorial Projects, Alley
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